AGORA - Education Inequality Application
Educational Inequality– the unequal distribution of resources, including school funding, qualified and experienced teachers, books, and technologies within and between communities.
Teachers are trained to be experts in different things. By being able to search and connect with expert teachers all over the country, teachers are able to help their students in each of their different situations.
These students have problems learning in the traditional school environment. Whether it be ADHD, a different learning style, or another disability, they struggle to learn like the rest of their peers.
Teachers are teachers because they love helping students. They are seeking ways to help their students learn at the same levels of each other. Getting certified in different things is expensive, and their school districts don’t always help with compensation.
knowledge level chart
This graph shows the relative knowledge levels of each user group, and how much we hope to improve the relationship between them with Agora.
There are two sides to this application: The teacher side and the student side. You'll see that the student side is much leaner, and that is because students are not able to search and connect with random teachers they don't know. Only teachers are able to connect students with expert teachers (for safety reasons).
search for experts
Teachers are able to search expert teachers by best match, location, and most students helped. This enables them to find the best person to help their struggling student.
see their profile
The teacher profile shows their rating, subjects, and qualifications. Keep in mind that all teachers are experts in some facet of education... and they're willing to help.
message and learn
Teachers are able to see all message threads, as well as start new threads. Note: students cannot start threads, and cannot message expert teachers without their teacher in the chat as well.
invite a student
After finding a great expert that's willing to help, the teacher then invites the student to the app via email (if they aren't already using the application, of course).
A simple email template allows the student to see who invited them, along with a short message. There's also a direct link to the App Store and Google play for easy downloading.
Since students cannot start a message with an expert they don't know, their teacher adds an event and sets up a time for the first initial chat. This could also be a video chat if need be.
Color in the learning environment is extremely important. Younger students prefer warmer tones and older students prefer cooler tones, while both prefer subtleness and variety.
Sylvia O’Brien, Psychology of Colour in the Education Environment